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Our Cubby is 6 months old and we had a traumatic event. He used to wear a Petsafe Breakaway collar that he outgrew. Instead of ordering a larger one online, we bought a regular collar from Petsmart. Today he got his lower jaw hooked under the front of the collar. He was frantic and it was almost impossible to unclasp the hook that was inside his mouth. At one point considered cutting it off him but feared stabbing him as he was desperately wiggling in fear. I was able to finally get my fingers in his mouth and get the push plastic clasps to open. I have done research and not sure what to do to prevent this! Apparantly many dogs and puppies did from strangulation. He will be microchipped in 3 weeks, but always kept his collar on in the house in case he got lost by darting out the door. Just wanted to alert others about this danger. Also wondering your thoughts/experience with this. I am ordering a Keepsafe Breakaway collar tonight.
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I am glad you were there and that Cubby is ok. I do not keep a collar on Molly in the house but she was microchipped by her breeder. I am super careful about Molly's whereabouts whenever an outside door is opened. I also made it a habit to exit doors before her so she doesn't rush out ahead of me, even though she is on a leash when we go outside. This is a good lesson for others as the collar can also get caught on crates or expens too.
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I postponed neutering until next month to give him time to grow with testosterone. When he is neutered they will chip and remove any teeth that remain. I will breathe relief when this is done and over. Thank you for taking the time to respond. Nice to have others that understand out love for our sweet dogs.
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Nino was microchipped as a baby. Mario was chipped around 3 years old, but neither of them have ever worn collars inside. For the most part, it was due to matting, but the number of horror stories I have heard freaks me out. Dogs getting caught in another's collar while playing, their jaw getting caught...I know someone whose dog loved to lie down on the vent during hot summer days. Her tags got caught while they were away, and they came back to find her completely shut down, shaking and covered in vomit, urine, and feces.

Neither boy has ever left the yard when out and both have near perfect recalls, so I am not too concerned about them bolting, but weird things can happen, so I never say "never". It does make life easier, though, knowing that I don't have much to worry about if they decide to greet the pizza delivery boy outside or if we are hanging out on the porch. Peace of mind is why I stress recalls so much. Nino learned his before anything else, and he turns on a dime the moment he hears his name, no matter the situation.
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So scary! I'm very sorry you had that experience, Carole. Thank you for the warning.
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Thanks for sharing your experience with me. I am still upset over the event and I am not a worry wart! Hoping pup does not think that we were hurting him/restraining him by being mean. We were only trying to help him.
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Glad Cubby is OK. Our Jade doesn't wear a collar in the house only when she goes out on the leash.
She will be microchipped in a month.

Pretty scary for Cubby. Hope he is doing better

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So glad Cubby wasn't seriously hurt. I can understand why you are still shaken. Chi-Chi had a bone shaped tag that got caught on her ex-pen when she was a few months old. No more collars after that. She is microchipped but has tags clipped to the clasp of the harnesses she wears, just because it's a faster way of identifying her owners. She doesn't wear anything in the house.
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Our Cubby is 6 months old and we had a traumatic event. He used to wear a Petsafe Breakaway collar that he outgrew. Instead of ordering a larger one online, we bought a regular collar from Petsmart. Today he got his lower jaw hooked under the front of the collar. He was frantic and it was almost impossible to unclasp the hook that was inside his mouth. At one point considered cutting it off him but feared stabbing him as he was desperately wiggling in fear. I was able to finally get my fingers in his mouth and get the push plastic clasps to open. I have done research and not sure what to do to prevent this! Apparantly many dogs and puppies did from strangulation. He will be microchipped in 3 weeks, but always kept his collar on in the house in case he got lost by darting out the door. Just wanted to alert others about this danger. Also wondering your thoughts/experience with this. I am ordering a Keepsafe Breakaway collar tonight.
The safest way to deal with collars is to never, ever leave one on a dog that is not being closely supervised, and never in the house. Put a gate across so the dog can't get to the door if you haven't been able to teach a solid "wait" at the door yet.


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Thanks for sharing your experience with me. I am still upset over the event and I am not a worry wart! Hoping pup does not think that we were hurting him/restraining him by being mean. We were only trying to help him.
Don;t worry about that part!!! Dogs are VERY forgiving!

OTOH, do NOT think that chipping changes anything else. Chipping should be a fail-safe, not a first line of defense for not losing your dog.


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